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Stats: India and South Africa’s record in virtual knockouts of ICC ODI events

Talking only about the virtual knockouts, India and South Africa have played in such game 7 and 8 times respectively in the ICC ODI tournaments.

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India. (Photo by Harry Trump – IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka defeating South Africa and India respectively on successive days set the Champions Trophy’s Group B on fire as only one of the two tournament favourites India and South Africa will be moving ahead except in an unlikely event of washouts in remaining league games.

The game between India and South Africa, which was already expected to be a cracker, will be gaining a larger significance with it being a virtual quarter-final before the semi-finals for both the teams. Every time the topic about knockout comes up, most cricket fans and South African fans get nervous about the team, given their abysmal record in the big games and their record of bottling up from winning positions and of course, their never ending love story with rain which turns up in high profile games.

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Though India has a superior record in knockout matches in the ICC ODI events, their record in overall knockout games in the ODI format is similar to that of South Africa. India defeated South Africa in both the knockout games they played in ICC events while South Africa are level on 4 wins with them in overall knockout games in the 50-over format.

India and South Africa’s records in knockout games in the ICC events:

Played Won Lost Tied N/R
India 23 15 6 0 2
South Africa 15 5 9 1 0

 

India and South Africa’s records in knockout games in the ODI cricket:

Played Won Lost Tied N/R
India 84 41 38 0 5
South Africa 43 21 19 1 2

 

Talking only about the virtual knockouts, India and South Africa have played in such game 7 and 8 times respectively in the ICC ODI tournaments. Out of the 7, India won 3 of those and lost 4. The losses include the last three occasions they faced a virtual knockout situation – the 2004 and 2006 Champions Trophy and the 2007 World Cup.

South Africa, on the other hand, has won 4 and lost 2 out the 8 virtual knockouts they played in the ICC ODI events. The remaining two games of Saffers ended in a tie based on Duckworth-Lewis method with one game earning them a favourable result. Looking at their records and the history of both sides, it will be tough to vary the teams depending on their reputation.

India’s virtual knockouts in the ICC ODI tournaments:

Tournament Opposition Requirement Result Final situation
1975 World Cup New Zealand India needed a win to qualify for Semis Lost New Zealand won by 4 wickets and 7 balls to spare to knock out India and qualify for semis
1983 World Cup Australia India needed a win to qualify for Semis Won India won by 119 runs to qualify for semis and ended up as the winners
1996 World Cup Zimbabwe India needed a win to qualify for Quarters Won India won by 40 runs to qualify and later lost in semi-final
2002 Champions Trophy England India needed a win to qualify for Semis Won India won by 8 wickets and 63 balls to spare to qualify for semis and finish as joint-winners
2004 Champions Trophy Pakistan India needed a win to qualify for Semis Lost Pakistan won by 3 wickets and 4 balls to spare to knock out India and qualify for semis
2006 Champions Trophy Australia India needed a win to qualify for Semis Lost Australia won by 6 wickets and 26 balls to spare to knock out India and qualify for semis
2007 World Cup Sri Lanka India needed a win to qualify for Super 8s Lost Sri Lanka won by 69 runs to knock out India and qualify for Super 8s

 

South Africa’s virtual knockouts in the ICC ODI tournaments:

Tournament Opposition Requirement Result Final situation
1992 World Cup India South Africa needed a win to qualify for Semis Won South Africa won by 6 wickets and 5 balls to spare to qualify for semis and lost in it
2002 Champions Trophy Kenya South Africa needed a win to qualify for Semis Won South Africa won by 176 runs to qualify for semis and lost in it
2003 World Cup Sri Lanka South Africa needed a win to qualify for Super 6s Tie (D/L) Match ended in a Tie (D/L) but South Africa failed to qualify for Super 6s
2004 Champions Trophy West Indies South Africa needed a win to qualify for Semis Lost West Indies won by 5 wickets and 7 balls to spare to qualify for semis and ended up as winners
2006 Champions Trophy Pakistan South Africa needed a win to qualify for Semis Won South Africa won by 124 runs to qualify for semis and lost in it
2007 World Cup England South Africa needed a win to qualify for Semis Won South Africa won by 9 wickets and 184 balls to spare to qualify for semis and lost in it
2009 Champions Trophy England South Africa needed a win to qualify for Semis Lost England won by 22 runs to knock out South Africa and qualify for semis
2013 Champions Trophy West Indies South Africa needed a win to qualify for Semis Tie (D/L) Match ended in a Tie (D/L) but South Africa qualify for semis and lost in it

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